Dear parents and caregivers,
We want to share some facts about 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
While the number of cases in the U.S. is increasing, the vast majority of the illnesses are mild, with fever and cough. It is vital that we do all we can to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Coronaviruses, including COVID-19, spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughing or sneezing. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu, also prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk of getting sick:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
- Cough into a tissue or your elbow; throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
- Keep children home if they are running a temperature or they report not feeling well.
- Consult your health care provider if you or your child are not feeling well or have health conditions that put you at increased risk.
Children’s Aid is closely monitoring the situation and preparing for any potential disruptions to daily operations in an effort to minimize the spread of the disease.
At Children’s Aid, we are committed to welcoming, safe, and inclusive environments, and we do not tolerate acts of discrimination of any kind. COVID-19 infection is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Help us prevent discrimination or stigmatization by sharing accurate information. Misinformation about COVID-19 can create fear and hostility that harms people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. We continue to follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NYC Health in our response to COVID-19, including decisions to close programs.
We know families, staff, and youth are worried. We are committed to keeping you informed and working with you to keep our communities safe.
Wishing you all the best,
The Staff at Children's Aid
- From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- New York City Department of Health
- Kid-friendly resources:
If you are feeling anxiety or stress, the city has a resource to provide some guidance. Contact NYC WELL for help by calling 888-NYC-WELL or texting WELL to 65173.